FILE - In this Nov. 5, 2018 file photo, Craig Newmark attend the 12th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit red carpet at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. A nonprofit that combats disinformation campaigns says it hopes to reach thousands of U.S. journalists for training in the next few months with the help of a $1.5 million donation from Craigslist founder Newmark. (Photo by Brad Barket/Invision/AP, File)

Craigslist founder donates to group fighting fake news

October 24, 2019 - 3:12 am

NEW YORK (AP) — A nonprofit that tries to stop disinformation campaigns in the media says it hopes a donation by Craigslist founder Craig Newmark can help train thousands of journalists.

Newmark's $1.5 million donation to the nonprofit group First Draft was announced Thursday.

First Draft's Claire Wardle says Russia's effort to influence the 2016 election through various means, including the spread of false or misleading stories through social media, points out the need for training.

The nonprofit says it will make the free training widely available in the coming months to help newsrooms prepare for the 2020 presidential campaigns.

The group says many news organizations recognize the need, but their technical knowledge is not widespread.

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